Tim Merrigan <tp...@ca.rr.com
> Joel Polowin <jpol...@sympatico.ca
>> I rather think that those scammers will end up in a different
>> department from Dorothy.
> As I understand, most of those people are just doing a job, they
> don't necessarily know that the call center they're working for is
> running scams.
They think they're really working for the IRS? For Microsoft? For
"Visa and Mastercard"? (Yes, both at once.) For Medicare? Just in
case, I always inform them that I'm on the federal do-not-call list,
that they're breaking the law, that they're working for scammers, and
that thanks to them more and more Americans are coming to believe
that India is nothing but a nation of scammers and crooks.
Their answers to questions give it away. If I'm told my auto warranty
is expiring, I always ask on which car. If I'm told my Windows
computer is infected, I always ask which one. (I have no car and no
Windows computer.) If they claim to be the IRS, I ask them which
year's tax return they're talking about, and ask them to remind me
what my AGI was that year. If they refer to "my state," I ask them
which state they think I live in. If they claim I've been referred by
my health-care provider, I insist they tell me who so I can have him
prosecuted under HIPAA. And of course they will never give the full
name and address of their employer.
What surprises me the most is that these scams are so stupid and
obvious, and that they think that if I didn't fall for it the first
hundred times, calling me yet again a few hours later is likely
Again, I think that the international cables to India should be
disconnected until their government cracks down on the billions of
scam calls that repeatedly harass and annoy everyone in the US,
Canada, and Britain every day.
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